About us...

On Tuesday 20 October 2009, twelve people from different parts of Hackney’s diverse communities met to discuss and share their concerns.

Those present represented trade unionists, faith groups, BME community and migrant support groups as well as peace activists.

We decided to form an alliance: Hackney Unites a coalition for social justice, so that we could undertake some tasks that were dear to our hearts.

Over the next 12 months we plan to:
Stop the BNP
Mobilize the thousands of Hackney residents, who despise the racist politics of the BNP, to become a powerhouse of the national anti-BNP campaign in advance of the May 2010 elections. Working with the national organisation Searchlight, we plan to have a distribution depot staffed by volunteers to distribute anti-BNP materials and to staff a phone bank to counter their lies and agitation. We will be twinning with Barking and Dagenham where the BNP are within grasp of gaining control of the council with a view to building an anti-racist mood which sweeps them from power.

Celebrate our communities

Convene a community conference using the ‘social forum’ model.
We are not just anti-racist, we are pro the diversity of Hackney’s communities. We want to bring people together from different faiths, backgrounds, politics and beliefs in a relaxed atmosphere and take time to share our experiences and aspirations. We hope to have community stalls and information, debates and discussions as well as performances that showcase our community’s cultures. We will certainly have range of food and drink and one thing we guarantee, the day will be relaxed, informative and fun.

If you want to be part of this project, let us know.

Create a Workers Advice Centre
We are working with trade unionists, employment lawyers and community activists with a view to opening a workers advice centre. We won’t charge for the advice, but as this is a community initiative we will expect people to ‘put in’ as well as ‘take out’. Those who come for advice will be offered the opportunity to attend a training course on employment rights, the role of trade unions, and ‘leadership skills’. We hope that we can equip people, not just with knowledge of their minimum legal rights, but the skills and knowledge to be able to assert them.

Initially the project will be run just one evening a month, but if successful we hope to grow this to a permanent organizing project, such that we can eradicate sweatshop conditions from Hackney.

Are you interested?
If you are interested in this project then we need your help.

We have an agreed constitution with democratic structures which put ordinary members in the driving seat. we also have a management committee responsible for finance and meeting the organisation's legal obligations.

As well as community groups we are keen to sign up individual members (membership is £1 per month)

Want to know more?

Contact us at: info@hackneyunites.org.uk